Sony NEX-FS100 to Get Global Frame Rates with Free Firmware Upgrade

With all the news about the Canon C300 and RED SCARLET-X lately, it's easy to forget that both of these cameras are out of the price range of most DSLR shooters. What many were looking for from either company was an announcement at the price point of the Sony FS100, which, though it has some ergonomic quirks, is a very nice camera for $5k. It looks like it will be getting nicer in early 2012, with a firmware update from Sony that makes it a global camera -- adding PAL recording rates to the North American model (and presumably vice versa) -- as well as some nice other free feature additions. Here's the list of expected upgrades:

  • Added 50Hz recording system (PAL): 1920x1080 50p, 50i, 25p and 1280x720 50p.
  • Camera Profile (camera settings can be saved to and loaded from a memory card).
  • Additional 4x and 8x Expanded Focus magnification: (with user selectable focus area).
  • Selectable ISO or GAIN sensitivity display.
  • Selectable Focus indication in FEET or METERS (E-mount lens only).
  • Selectable Shutter indication as EXPOSURE TIME or SHUTTER ANGLE.
  • Added the following Aspect-Ratio markers: 2.35:1, 1.85:1 and 1.66:1.
  • Display ON/OFF button enables Zebra and/or Histogram overlay onto video output.
  • Compatible with the new A-Mount to E-Mount adaptor, model LA-EA2. One push Auto-IRIS and Continuous 15-point, Phase-Detection Auto-Focus operation with most Alpha A-Mount lenses is available. Lens metadata is displayed onscreen and stored real time to image file.

Also, the documentary-friendly small-sensor HXR-NX70 is also scheduled to get some updates:

  • Improvement of zoom rocker operation (Selectable zoom speed).
  • Dual Recording Mode enables simultaneous HD recording to its 96GB internal memory and memory card.
  • Added 1920x1080 30p and 1280x720 60p recording modes.
  • The EXPANDED FOCUS and HISTOGRAM buttons are now assignable keys.
  • Added Last Scene Review feature.
  • The Display ON/OFF button now also controls display of the Face Detection Box onto video output.
  • Display ON/OFF optionally overlays Zebra and/or Histogram display onto video output.

Link: Sony will release a firmware update to the NEX FS100 - DV Info

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That's cool. I was excited when the FS100 came out, because it has:
Super35 sized sensor, XLR ports, 1080/60p, 30p and 24p, uncompressed 4:2:2 output via HDMI (even though it's only 8 bit), timecode (for those who need it, it's made for filming/video (not primarily a still camera that has video as a feature) and it's only $5,599.00 with an 18-200mm lens! It is a great step up from DSLR shooting.
I saw one in the Sony booth at a trade show and it is a very solidly built camera and has a nice bright screen/EVF. I would definitely buy one. :)

November 29, 2011 at 12:44PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Pretty smart updates.

November 29, 2011 at 12:46PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

pixel wiz

I forgot to say that it already had impressive specs before, but it's great that Sony is releasing these extra features in a free firmware update. :)

November 29, 2011 at 12:50PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


That's a pretty cool update, I wish canon would so the same e.g. for their XF range. It seems like such a scam that they lock the frame rate choices down like that and charge $500 or so to unlock, even if it is to try and discourage grey market sales. Hopefully they'll follow Sony's lead here.

November 29, 2011 at 1:16PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Great post. I like some changes which are done in camera. By help of them it increase an efficiency of working in media field.

November 30, 2011 at 1:27AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


let's call this one "the Magic Lantern FS100 firmware"
shameful that it would take them so long to release it, the ML developers seem to be much faster

November 30, 2011 at 6:49AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Nice move from sony. do you also know wether the NEX cams get smt like that? Bought a NEX-5N, but I'm stuck with 25/50. Damn shame

December 2, 2011 at 3:36AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Can anyone comment on the difference between using the FS100 versus a full frame like Canon D5 or the new Nikon D800 for cinematic effect (shorts and indie fims).


March 3, 2012 at 5:45PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM